The New Zealand left is a zoo, not a viable alternative in this election

I want change this election. I long for a left leaning government that dials back some of the damage to our communities after nine long years of National: more funding for desperate NGOs; a coherent climate change strategy; transport solutions beyond roads; housing and a safety net for the poor; a review of our settlement… Read More The New Zealand left is a zoo, not a viable alternative in this election

Raging at Metiria is not about the fraud; it’s that she sided with the lepers

In case you missed it, at the Greens annual conference in mid-July, Metiria fronted the launch of an impressive welfare policy, Mending the Safety Net. During that launch, she used an anecdote from 25 years ago to personalise the policy; when she was solo mum she didn’t tell Work and Income that she had flatmates… Read More Raging at Metiria is not about the fraud; it’s that she sided with the lepers

Where there’s smoke, there’s… ahi kaa? Agreements made by Hauraki & Ranginui

I’ve spent the last two days on the paepae at Poutūterangi Marae in Te Puna, supporting my Bidois whānau who are grieving a lost brother. We are between two storm fronts, so Rangi Pōtiki is an endless blue, Hinemoana is a quiet lapping presence and Papa is a rich healthy green with mid-Winter rains, and… Read More Where there’s smoke, there’s… ahi kaa? Agreements made by Hauraki & Ranginui

Polling won’t help you find courage: lessons from the UK for NZ Labour

You would get short odds predicting the NZ Labour party are analysing the British election like Game of Thrones fans analyse the Season 7 trailers. I can’t recall one column, opinion piece or interview from anyone in the NZ Labour party prior to the British election that suggested it was possible a Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour… Read More Polling won’t help you find courage: lessons from the UK for NZ Labour

How using the language of angry men empowers angry men

One of the impacts of the last US election campaign was that a new lexicon entered our political world. Cuck, beta, snowflake, fake news, alternative facts became favourites of white supremacists and misogynists [I think this is more accurate than saying Alt-Right and Men’s Rights activists respectively]. Cuck: a weak and emasculated man, a conservative… Read More How using the language of angry men empowers angry men

Settling back into the status quo: NZ Herald and its Hit and Run coverage

I had a little interaction with an often very good NZ Herald investigative business reporter this morning about their morning coverage as it related to Hit and Run (Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson’s new book on an SAS operation gone very very wrong): David Fisher is outstanding and has covered New Zealand’s military operation overseas… Read More Settling back into the status quo: NZ Herald and its Hit and Run coverage

Family Court v Māori: removing a Māori girl from her kura to please her Pākehā father

If you haven’t watched Native Affairs this week, I advise you do this first: http://www.maoritelevision.com/news/national/native-affairs–judgement-part-1 http://www.maoritelevision.com/news/politics/native-affairs–judgement-part-2 In case you’ve not the time or inclination, the crux of the story is that the Family Court has recently ruled that a young girl enrolled by her Māori mother in a kura kaupapa Māori after kōhanga reo be… Read More Family Court v Māori: removing a Māori girl from her kura to please her Pākehā father